TV21 & Joe 90 was a British comic strip anthology magazine. This publication continued the Star Trek: The Original Series UK comic strips series in 1969 - 1970, serializing six weekly stories (arcs 8-13).
The stories in issues #1-22 were written by Angus Allan, drawn by Harry Lindfield, and printed two pages per issue in color on the center spread. At this time, the magazine was 10.75" x 13" tabloid size.
Beginning with issue #23, the magazine's strips were reordered, with the center spread devoted to color photos of English soccer teams. With Irwin Allen's Land of the Giants comic strip occupying the other color position in the magazine, Star Trek was now printed in black and white, with artist Jim Baikie taking over for Lindfield. With #26, the magazine's dimensions were shrunk to 8.75" x 11.75". With issue #32, Star Trek swapped positions with Land of the Giants and permanently returned to color, a change that was heralded on the cover, with Mike Noble as the artist.
Star Trek was featured on 14 of the 36 covers, with 12 drawn by Alan Willow.
Aside from Land of the Giants, other serialized comic strips in the publication included The Adventures of Tarzan, The Saint, plus the Gerry Anderson titles Joe 90 and Thunderbirds. Jonathan Frakes directed a Thunderbirds film in 2004.
With issue #37, City Magazines discontinued the Joe 90 strip, midway through "Mutiny on the Dorado", and renamed the publication TV21 Weekly, a.k.a. TV21. The story continued in the retitled anthology.
Stories[edit | edit source]
- #1-6: "Spectre of the Zond" (Arc 8: 9/27/69-11/1/69)
- #7-11: "Nor Any Drop to Drink" (Arc 9: 11/8/69-12/6/69)
- #12-17: "Menace of the Moloth" (Arc 10: 12/13/69-1/17/70)
- #18-23: "The Klingon Ultimatum" (Arc 11: 1/24/70-2/28/70)
- #24-31: "The Marshall Plan" (Arc 12: 3/7/70-4/25/70)
- #32-36: "Mutiny on the Dorado" (Arc 13: 5/2/70-5/30/70)
Images[edit | edit source]
Cover gallery[edit | edit source]
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- TV21 & Joe90 cover gallery at the Star Trek Comics Checklist.
- TV21 & Joe90 article at Blimey! The Blog of British Comics! website.
- TV21 & Joe90 article at Comic Vine.
- TV Century 21 article at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
- TV21 & Joe90 article at Fandom's UK Comics Wiki.
- The TV21 Story article at The Official Gerry Anderson Website.